If you’re not a 3D modeling and printing expert but you want to create a custom iPhone case, you’re not out of luck. Makers are likely familiar with Sculpteo, a 3D printing service. At CES, they’re showing off an iPhone app and website called 3DPCase. With it, you can design your own bespoke 3D-printed iPhone case. The app starts you off with 16 different templates which you can modify to suit your own style. You can incorporate photos, 3D-printed text, textures, and patterns. After you’ve designed the case you want, you can submit your design and you’ll see it delivered to you in two to four days for $24 and up. I think this could be a nice gentle introduction to 3D printing and design and perhaps a gateway to more serious tools for the uninitiated.
MAKE at CES 2013: Design Your Own 3D Printed iPhone Case